Tsai gives scathing response to ex-President Ma’s warning of war

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/22/2020
By: Yu Hsiang, Wen Kui-hsiang and Emerson Lim

Former President Ma Ying-jeou. CNA photo Aug. 22, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Former President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) on Saturday accused the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration of pushing Taiwan to the brink of war with China, drawing the ire of Tsai and her officials, who said that peace cannot be achieved by being weak on sovereignty issues.

"A person entrusted by the people to lead the country should never have such unrealistic fantasies," Tsai wrote on her Facebook page. "He or she should never think that bowing and scraping on the issue of sovereignty, or staying mum on democratic values, would bring so-called peace to the people."

Tsai posted the comment in response to a presentation by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at a security forum earlier in the day, in which he said the "erroneous national policy" of the current administration in Taiwan was pushing the country to the brink of a war.

Ma of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said the Taiwan administration was siding with the United States against China and was unwilling to recognize the "1992 Consensus," policies that had led to increased tensions across the strait.    [FULL  STORY]

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